this used to be our family blog entitled "British Royalty versus the Ramsey Clan" (since i'm descended from King Edward II and jon is a descendant from the Ramsay Clan) but since jon never participated, and my mom is the only one who reads this, it is now a format for writing her letters. I mean, for writing you letters, mom.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

a great blue heron summer

Susan's been published!
& her great blue heron painting is the Cover Art for this season's
Minneapolis Observer Quarterly!

To read whole interview, visit

Painting With Words: Artist Susan Heath Talks About Art, Nature, and Place

May 24, 2009
Painting With Words: Artist Susan Heath Talks About Art, Nature, and Place

The Great Blue Heron on the cover of the summer issue of MOQ was painted by Minneapolis artist Susan Heath. We asked Susan to tell us more about what inspires her and to share her thoughts about art, artmaking, and being a nature-loving artist in the city.

Monday, May 25, 2009

april shower, may flowers

Hi. I'm Leonardo. Leo for short. Lucky Leo sometimes as well. I was out on the front step the other day when i discovered what good my claws are for as i abruptly ran up the front tree.

Piper underwent horticultural training and failed when she achieved mere hole-digging and seed-unearthing, but won the Canine award for "Places to hide a Bone" contest.

After an honest day's work of instigating trouble with Margie, drinking all the water, and stepping all over human's sensitive parts, Piper likes to curl up with Susan (her chosen favorite) and hoard the blankets and bed space.

We all like to go outside and enjoy the miracles of nature, including these lilacs...

Even Napoleon takes time out of his pain-causing-jerk-stuff activities to enjoy the wonders of lawn-munching...

these Bleeding Hearts spouted poetry and prose about the romance of Spring sun...

Phineas watched for birds and whined at the neighbors in his old man voice...

While the rainbows of tulips stood around, wondering which colors would be added to the mix next year.